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  • A Trio of New Gins

    I am delighted to announce that we will have another of our Gin sales. Starting this Wednesday 12th of July and running until the 7th of August we will have over 30 gins on offer across our stores. Regular readers of this blog will know that I love discovering new gins that deliver new flavour experiences. It’s also great to be able to champion Irish producers and products, so what better time than during our sale to try out a new Irish gin. Here is a trio of great Irish gins new to our shelves over the last few months.

    First up is Listoke 1777. This gin is distilled using 21st century distillation equipment housed in a 200-year-old stable on the grounds of Listoke House in Co. Louth. It is a combination of traditional and inspiring botanicals growing both in the wild and in the Edwardian walled gardens at Listoke estate. Leaning towards spice and citrus flavours, it has great use of botanicals with each distinct and clear in the taste yet the gin seems more than the sum of the parts. Their recommended serve is simply over ice with a premium tonic and a twist of orange.

    Next up is Von Hallers, from The Shed distillery in Co. Leitrim, the makers of the also excellent Drumshanbo Gunpowder gin. The gin is named after Albrecht Von Haller, a notable character of the German Enlightenment movement and founder of the Göttingen botanical gardens in 1736. It is from these gardens that the primary botanicals are sourced; Halleria lucida, or the tree fuschia (also named after Albrecht Von Haller), alongside German ginger and Lemon Verbena. This is a delicate gin with gentle use of spice lead by lemongrass and ginger flavours. Serve simply with tonic and a little lemon rind to allow the delicate flavours to shine.

    For our final gin, we are going north of the border to Newtownards county Down. Jawbox can boast to being Ireland’s only single estate gin, created using their own base alcohol distilled from grain on grown on the 300-acre Echlinville Estate. Jawbox is a nickname for the Belfast sink, once a feature and site of hard work in every home in the city, and the producers believe it reflects the hard work and dedication that goes into producing this gin. It is a classically styled gin with bold, punchy notes of juniper, citrus and spice. Unusually the producers recommended perfect serve is simply over ice and topped up with ginger ale. Definitely one to try out.

  • Craft Gin: From New York to Newtownmountkennedy

    The terms craft and small batch sometimes get bandied about but these are terms that hold true when discussing Irelands growing gin industry. Independent people working hard to produce great tasting spirits each small batch at a time. People who are passionate about their craft and their product. One such gin is Bonac 24.

    The gin is produced by Gavin Clifford and his father Michael, at their distillery in Newtownmountkennedy, county Wicklow, using a in a traditional copper pot still. The still was designed by one of the oldest still manufactures in the world, John Dore & Co, and then manufactured in Ireland. Every bottled of Bonac 24 is hand filled and hand labelled. The whole process, from base spirit and botanicals to beautifully balanced gin in bottle, takes just 72 hours.

    Gavin Clifford at the distillery in Newtownmountkennedy, county Wicklow

    The name Bonac 24 derives from a place in New York that Gavin spent a lot of time in, and where inspiration for the distillery struck. Gavin was working in the in the drinks industry in The Hamptons, locals refer to the area as Bonac, and saw the growth in craft gins and the prospect of turning what had become a passion into a business. On returning home Gavin and his father set about the task of researching and designing their perfect gin. 24 was added to the name as it was the 24th trail when the pair achieved the exact flavour profile they were looking for. Coincidentally, Gavin was just 24 years old when the gin was launched last year.

    The label displays a bird in flight created from the twelve botanicals

    How does it taste? Bonac 24 is a balanced, fruity, and spicy gin with an exceptionally smooth palate. The delicate aromas on the nose open up on the palate with classic juniper profile upfront giving way to fresh citrus and smooth spearmint before finishing with a touch of sweetness and complex spicy notes.

    Enjoy it with a premium tonic and garnish with mint and lime, or add a few raspberries for a summery twist. If you would like to taste Bonac 24 for yourself ask for a tasting in any of our 33 stores this weekend. Where you can also pick up a bottle on offer as our gin of the month at €40 (was €45). Enjoy.

    Botanicals: Juniper, Mint, Coriander, Pear, Angelica Root, Cucumber, Cassia, Lemon, Cardamon, Bergamot, Star Anise, Curacao

  • On the third day of Christmas O’Briens brought to me….

    Three new Irish gins!

    We are constantly on the lookout for great new craft spirits and our search has lead us to three new Irish graft gins in time for Christmas. So, forget about ‘three French hens’ and pick up one of these for the gin lover in your life, or treat yourself.

    The Mór signature serve

    Our first gin, Mór, is a fruity and floral gin produced in small batches in Tullamore. The recipe represents 18 months of development by distiller Eoin Bara. Firstly, the softer fruit flavours like blackberry, raspberry and cranberry are achieved by seeping the fruit for 24 hours. The floral and spice flavours are achieved by vapour distillation of botanicals like juniper, angelica, coriander and rosemary. Working with natural ingredients and the variation this brings means accessing each component before blending the two together for the perfect balance. Try their signature serve with tonic, lime and raspberry for a fresh and fruity G&T.

    Bonac 24 distilled in Newtownmountkennedy, county Wicklow

    We didn’t have to go far to find Bonac 24, our second gin! This brand new release is produced by Gavin Clifford one of our store colleges and his father and is distilled using a in a traditional copper pot still. The name derives from a place in New York that Gavin spent a lot of time in, 24 was added as it was the 24th trail when the pair achieved the exact flavour profile they were looking for. That flavour is a perfect balance of delicate citrus, fresh mint and spicier elements like star anise and cardamom.

    The view at the Boatyard distillery

    Heading north to a former boatyard on the banks of the picturesque Lough Erne, we have Boatyard Double gin. Boatyard is the brain child of Joe McGirr who brings years of experience working with household names like Glenmorangie and Moet Hennessy. Double gin is a traditional Dutch style of distilling where the spirit is given a second contact with fresh botanicals to give greater depth of flavour. Everything about Boatyard distillery is about attention to detail, authenticity, and provenance, from taking the unusual step of making their own base spirit, an organic wheat spirit, to their beautiful label that has been printed on a 1960's letterpress printer. The result is a gin with classic Juniper led character backed up with a complex mix of spicy root botanicals and light citrus notes.

    You will find these three great new gins along with many more in our Gin Sale running throughout Christmas.

    Take your pick - 3 great gins

  • Bertha's Revenge

    berthas bottle

    In a converted cattle shed in the farmyard of Ballyvolane House, County Cork, you will find school friends Justin Green and Antony Jackson producing a unique craft gin.

    Grain is the base ingredient for most spirits however Berthas Revenge is made from whey alcohol. In cheese making, milk is separated into curds and whey. The curds are used to make the cheese and the whey is traditionally considered a waste by-product. However with specially developed yeast the milk sugars can be converted into alcohol and distilled to produce a quality whey spirit.

    Berthas still

    Berthas is produced by macerating eighteen botanicals in this whey spirit and slowing distilling it further before cutting with spring water from a spring on the grounds of Ballyvolane House. The result is a rich full bodied gin with the whey alcohol giving a smooth creamy texture which marries perfectly with the spicy cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and more delicate juniper notes. Soft and sweet upfront with a long spicy finish.

    Berthas Ingredients

    What about the name? Well, being made from milk spirit in a converted cattle shed it was only fitting that the guys named their gin after a famous cow. Big Bertha was the oldest cow in the world when she passed away in 1993 at the ripe aged of 48. However she was not just a venerable bovine she also raised over $75,000 for charity. Similarly the guys are planning to donate a percentage of their annual sales to charitable organisations.

    Berthas Cow

    This gin has quickly become a firm favourite for us and can be sipped on its own with a dash of water to open up the aromatics or enjoyed in a G&T garnished with orange peel.

    Berthas Revenge is on offer this month as part of our Gin Sale. Check it out here.

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